State Rep. Dave Prestin has been appointed to serve on three key House committees for the 2023-24 legislative term. He will serve on the Energy, Communications, and Technology Committee, Natural Resources, Environment, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, and Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee.
“My committee assignments provide me a great opportunity to fiercely advocate on behalf of the unique needs of Upper Peninsula residents,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “Access to reliable and affordable energy is an ongoing concern for families and businesses throughout the U.P., and working on local government issues aligns with my efforts to restore public faith in government at every possible level. Furthermore, defending Michigan’s invaluable natural resources is of the utmost importance for those in my district.”
Prestin brings knowledge and experience from his four years as a Menominee County Commissioner and nine years as a member of the Alger Delta Electrical Cooperative Board of Directors, a distributive energy cooperative serving 10,000-plus members in the U.P.
“My background lines up seamlessly with these committees,” Prestin said. “I look forward to bringing my own ideas, and the concerns of the 108th residents to the table.”
“A tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac is the optimal solution to safeguard the Great Lakes while ensuring vital energy products are continuously provided to residents in Upper and Lower Michigan, as well as communities nationwide,” wrote Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Propane plays an indispensable role in sustaining rural communities, which often lack the energy and sewer infrastructure present in more urbanized areas.”
“I voted no today because the speaker reneged on a promise he made last fall to pass bipartisan legislation in exchange for votes. The agreement happened, handshakes were made, and he has yet to fulfill his end of the bargain. The political games have to end. We are more than willing to work in a bipartisan fashion if Democrats end their blockade and agree to work collaboratively with us on the issues that matter most.”
“Seeing the bipartisan support behind our plan really emphasized the importance of backing EMTs and paramedics as they face critical staffing shortages across the board,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Having served as a first responder for over a decade, I know the devasting impact that staffing shortages can have on medical first responders. Adequate medical resources are nearly non-existent around the state, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Our plan would begin addressing the issue by allowing EMTs and paramedics to continue training as they begin working and obtaining valuable on the job experience that will really benefit them as they work towards their full licensure.”